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The mythical ‘refugee crisis’

The Government claims that the UK has resettled more refugees that any other EU country. However, this figure only refers to a limited, specific UN resettlement scheme and only represents six
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Afghan stories

An audience of 80 recently heard about the experiences of Afghan asylum seekers and refugees living in Bournemouth. Two workers from the International Care Network, a charity supporting refugees and
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Missing migrant children   BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 has featured an excellent investigation into the 200 migrant children who have gone missing from government-run hotels. 136 have vanished from one
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A letter to your MP

Safe Passage has suggested this template for writing to MPs. Obviously, you are free to add your own concerns. “I am deeply worried by the Home Secretary and Prime Minister’s
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Send a Mother’s Day card to your MP!

The refugee charity, Safe Passage, is asking people to send a Mother’s Day card to their MPs , reminding them that families need safe routes to reunite. ✍Get creative –
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UK government’s poor treatment of refugees continues to shock

Tens of thousands of refugees are waiting for more than a year for a decision on their asylum claim, with hundreds waiting more than five years, according Home Office data
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New legislation to further curb refugee rights. Rishi Sunak has announced plans for a new bill to make asylum claims from anyone reaching the UK on a small boat inadmissible. These refugees will either be
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An Evening of Afghan Stories

You are invited to An evening of Afghan Stories, hosted by Safe Passage and the International Care Network (ICN) Local resettled Afghans share their stories of escape after the fall of
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Young Albanian asylum seekers are often trafficking victims or at risk from blood feuds

Former barrister David Neale, who has worked closely with refugee Albanian boys and young men, refutes the Home Office idea that these young people do not need protection. He writes
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Supporting asylum seekers after the Knowsley riots- suggestions from Refugee Action

The events in Knowsley last Friday night were horrific and inevitable. A large group of far-right rioters gathered outside a hotel where people who are going through the asylum system
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Vital support for refugees and asylum seekers at schools and universities

Diwa came to the UK from Afghanistan when she was 16. “My teachers were very nice and kind to me,” she recalls, “but the teaching style is very different here.
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Looking for practical help?

For further information and support, try these websites:

Safe Passage is concerned with refugee and asylum-seeking children:

The Quaker Asylum and Refugee Network:

There are also many local groups and councils offering specific support to hosts of Ukranians and other refugees.

In Bournemouth, for instance, the International Care Network supports refugees and asylum seekers in the Bournemouth/Poole area, including language classes and ‘befriending’ schemes.

In north-west London, Families4Peace is offering support to Ukranian refugees and their hosts.

About me

I am a writer and former journalist who volunteers with a refugee charity.

I am convinced that, as a country, we need to welcome refugees. My inspiration comes from my godmother, Trudi Eulenburg, who was granted shelter in the UK from Nazi Germany as a teenager in 1939.

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